The new Canid Action Plan - Conserving wild canids from the tiny fennec fox to the mighty grey wolf

Gland, Switzerland (11.10.2004) IUCN-The World Conservation Union. Canids, that is foxes, wolves, jackals and dogs, are found throughout most of the world, and occur on every continent except Antarctica. As carnivores, they often conflict with human interests because certain species will prey on domestic livestock. The more prolific and adaptable species, such as the red fox and coyote, have fared well despite this, but more specialist species, like the Ethiopian wolf have suffered and nine of the 36 recognized canid species are threatened with extinction. With human populations continuing to grow, the pressure on many species will undoubtedly increase. …  

11 Oct 2004 | News story

European Bison: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan

Saving Europe's megafauna - European Bison Action Plan released by Bison Specialist Group

Gland, Switzerland (08.10.2004) IUCN-The World Conservation Union. The European Bison or wisent, is one of Europe’s largest and most impressive mammals, symbolic of earlier times, when Europe’s then primeval forests supported a variety of large herbivores, such as the aurochs (wild ox) and tarpan (wild horse). Unfortunately, these two species became extinct in historical times and the European Bison almost suffered the same fate. Formerly widespread throughout Europe until the 5th century, from the Pyrenees through to the Caucasus, it became extinct in the wild by the beginning of the 20th century, as a result of hunting and habitat loss. …  

08 Oct 2004 | News story

Black rhino (Diceros bicornis)

The Red Data Book of the Mammals of South Africa – An important milestone in South African mammal conservation

Gland, Switzerland, 4 July 2004 (IUCN)-The World Conservation Union. The Red Data Book of the Mammals of South Africa: A Conservation Assessment is the first ever conservation assessment of every terrestrial and marine mammal in South Africa, using the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species criteria at regional level. A previous assessment published in 1986 covered only a subset of species. …  

04 Jul 2004 | News story

Great Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna mokarran)

More sharks on the Red List – Expert workshop releases findings on the status of North and Central American shark and ray populations

Gland, Switzerland, 25 June 2004 (IUCN - The World Conservation Union). The number of species of sharks and rays on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species is set to grow. This was the finding of a week-long expert workshop at Mote Marine Laboratory, Florida, to examine the conservation status of the species found in North and Central American waters. …  

25 Jun 2004 | News story


Declining wader populations – new review gives increasing cause for concern

Gland, Switzerland, 18 June 2004 (IUCN)-The World Conservation Union. The International Wader Study Group, which also acts as the IUCN/SSC Wader Specialist Group, has just published a major review of the status of the migratory wader (shorebird) species in Africa and western Eurasia. …  

18 Jun 2004 | News story

Swallowtail Butterflies: An Action Plan for their Conservation

Expanding the Ark - advancing invertebrate conservation

Gland, Switzerland, 24 May 2004 (IUCN)-The World Conservation Union. 'Expanding the Ark' neatly summarises the aims of the invertebrate specialists who gathered at the American Museum of Natural History in New York for a symposium recently. They plan to raise awareness of invertebrate conservation requirements so that these are included in conservation planning, management and policy decisions. Currently, invertebrate species are often overlooked in conservation strategies, despite representing the vast majority of our planet's biodiversity: a staggering 95% of all known animal species. …  

24 May 2004 | News story

IUCN/SSC and TRAFFIC launch project to review CITES proposals

Gland, Switzerland, 12 May 2004 (IUCN) - This week marks the start of an intensive three months for IUCN's Wildlife Trade Programme and TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, as a major project begins to provide technical reviews of proposals to change the listing of plant and animal species on the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) Appendices. …  

12 May 2004 | News story

From words to action - Supporting grassroots conservation

Gland, Switzerland, 17 May 2004 (IUCN) - This week, IUCN's Species Survival Commission (SSC) launches a new action fund that will boost the efforts of its members as they work to save a wide range of plants, animals and their natural habitats across the globe.

07 May 2004 | News story


No respite for Critically Endangered Saiga Antelope

Gland, Switzerland, 15 April 2004 (IUCN) - Despite the conservation efforts of many people, the saiga antelope (Saiga tatarica tatarica) still faces imminent extinction. …  

15 Apr 2004 | News story

Protected Area "Gap Analysis" published in Nature

Gland, Switzerland, 8 April 2004 (IUCN) - A paper appearing in the science journal Nature today places one of the major outcomes of the Vth IUCN World Parks Congress into the high profile scientific literature. Effectiveness of the global protected area network in representing species diversity, widely referred to as the "global gap analysis" involved hundreds of IUCN scientists and is the most comprehensive peer-reviewed analysis of its kind. …  

08 Apr 2004 | News story

This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.
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